Friday, June 17, 2011

Contemplating the Horizon

Terrain IV, oil on canvas, 60 x 45 inches, © 2011 Diane McGregor


Inspired by the ethereal nature of the vast desert spaces of the American West, my abstract oil paintings are minimalist meditations upon the landscape, the light, and the elements. These images are not representations of a specific place or environment, but a synthesis of shifting visual impressions, contemplative observations, and a meditative process.

My painting process involves building up many layers of vertical and horizontal brushstrokes in a grid framework. This gives the composition its stability and structure. Brushed and scraped textures reference those found in the landscape and on weathered rocks and ancient surfaces. Subtle variations of the color white, including soft grays and pale ochres, symbolize the spiritual essence of the desert for me: purity, clarity, infinity, peace. Natural earth and mineral pigments emerge from the hushed white fields, creating a richly layered, mystical interpretation of these elusive desert realms.

12 comments:

marianne said...

your descriptive text is as luscious as the paintings are - would love to see them in the flesh!

sukipoet said...

this feels different from some of the earlier ones in that more of the background layers show through. it reminds me of the fields out my window enshrouded in mist.

brbulka.g said...

Very nice... :-)

William Hall said...

Nice piece, I like the grid is structurally evident but not dominant.

Stevie, Tree, and Kiki said...

Your work is gorgeous. I'm going to have to find some wall space in the Sprinter :) I particularly like that the images are not representations of specific places but rather 'a synthesis of shifting visual impressions, contemplative observations, and a meditative process.' For me, their lack of location is precisely what locates the immanent divinity in the landscape. Absolutely gorgeous. I'm glad you found me so I could find you! -Stevie Trujillo

Diane McGregor said...

Thanks, Stevie!

Debu Barve said...

Dear Diane,

Loved this! You have given a very interesting description of the structural aspect of your work.
Thanks for sharing.
~Debu

Diane McGregor said...

Thank you, Debu.

Mary Zeran said...

I really enjoyed your artist statement. It was simple, to the point, poetic, and conveyed to me what and why you work the way you do. Thank you for the inspiration!

Diane McGregor said...

Thank you very much, Mary.

Terry Jarrard-Dimond said...

I appreciate the mixture of simplicity and complexity in this work. Beautifully painted.

Diane McGregor said...

Thanks, Terry!